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Font degradation viewing Web pages in Mozilla under KDE 3.0.3

I have cross-posted this message on libranet-users and on Debian-KDE.

I ask that any typographers reading this message forgive my ignorance of the 
correct technical term to describe the phenomenon which is happening.

I read Web pages most frequently with Mozilla 1.1 under KDE 3.0.3. KDE's font 
rendering has continued to improve steadily, even following the introduction 
of anti-aliasing. It has become good enough to start poking at smaller 

Chief among these for me is the "degradation" of fonts when one scrolls a long 
web page. A web page which one has scrolled often looks like a book printed 
with old worn-out metal type, with many letters "broken", especially on the 
serifs at the edges of each letter. The solution is always to reload the page 
(^R in Mozilla).

Is there anything one can do to reduce or eliminate this font "degradation"?

The following are the fonts and font managers which I have installed:

cmatrix-xfont  1.1b-5         X11 font for Console Matrix
fonttastic-gli 2000.03.13.12. Bitstream FontTastic font server for Corel W
gfontview      0.5.0-0.2      A font viewer for Type 1 and TrueType fonts
gsfonts        6.0-2          Fonts for the ghostscript interpreter
gsfonts-x11    0.16           Make Ghostscript fonts available to X11.
gtkfontsel     1.1-5          A gtk+ based font selection utility
msttcorefonts  1.1.1          Installer for Microsoft TrueType core fonts
psfontmgr      0.11.1         PostScript font manager -- part of Defoma, D
wpo2000-fonts- 2000.03.13.12. TrueType fonts
x-ttcidfont-co 13             Configure TrueType and CID fonts for X.
xfont-nexus    0.0.1-3        Nexus font for X servers
xfonts-100dpi  4.2.1-3        100 dpi fonts for X
xfonts-100dpi- 4.2.1-3        100 dpi fonts for X (transcoded from ISO 106
xfonts-75dpi   4.2.1-3        75 dpi fonts for X
xfonts-75dpi-t 4.2.1-3        75 dpi fonts for X (transcoded from ISO 1064
xfonts-base    4.2.1-3        standard fonts for X
xfonts-base-tr 4.2.1-3        standard fonts for X (transcoded from ISO 10
xfonts-jmk     3.0-3          James M. Knoble's character-cell fonts for X
xfonts-mona    2.21-1         proportional fonts for 2ch ASCII art
xfonts-scalabl 4.2.1-3        scalable fonts for X

This extract from /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 controls fonts:

FontPath	"unix/:7100"	# local font server
# if the local font server has problems, we can fall back on these
FontPath	"/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType"
FontPath	"/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/CID"
FontPath	"/usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc"
FontPath	"/usr/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic"
FontPath	"/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath	"/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath	"/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1"
FontPath	"/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo"
FontPath	"/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi"
FontPath	"/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi"

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